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Clematis – Comtesse de Bouchard

This cultivar of the clematis was introduced in 1903, and has become one of the most popular clematis ever raised. Clematis may be planted and trained to cover walls, trellis, posts, fences, arbors or to cover rocky sites and can be very useful in these locations to add a touch of color and greenery. This clematis produces masses of 4-6′ beautiful rosy-pink flowers with white stamens July – August. A quick summary of this flower is that it is easily Grown. The plant grows to a height of 2.4 meters. This is a vigorous, bushy plant.

Sun Requirements: Full Sun, Partial shade
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8
Soil: Grows best in a fertile, well-drained, alkaline soil with a pH of 5.6-6.5. A choice site is key to the success of establishing this perennial; roots should be kept cool and moist.
Clematis do best in neutral or slightly alkaline soils, but they are somewhat adaptable. If you have very acid soil, try to add some calcium when you plant.
Support: It will need support.
Planting: Roots should be planted when the environment is cool and moist, while the vine itself should be in the sun.
Watering: Comtesse de Bouchard requires 1″ of water a week.

Pruning: Pruning late-flowering clematis is easy, and this clematis is no exception. Before the growth happens in early spring, cut back on the stems to a pair of strong buds 15cm to 20cm (6in to 8in) above ground level. An added advantage of this technique is that the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant, and as a result, the late-flowering clematis becomes useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses.

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